Lets face it..


Sometimes, as much as we love our kids, they can be pains in the royal behind. Why you ask? Because for once you'd like to have a family session without the drama of crying uncooperative toddlers! Nothing stresses me out more and gets me quickly out of the mood to finish my own session! So I truly understand the frustration!

But as a parent and a photographer for over four years now, I have found 3 poses that I use as my go to's for smiles for a toddler and easy poses tips for mom and dad!

Pose #1: Up close and personal


Sometimes a fussy toddler wants to be held for a second. I don't mind these seconds AT ALL. Wanna know why? It allows for moments like these.

Up close and personal shots became a quick favorite for me to use. Moments like nose kisses, a kisses race, or even a small embrace makes the most memorable portraits.

Up close Family Portrait

Up close Family Portrait

Up close Family Portrait

Pose #2: Let them run


On the other hand, like my toddler, some kiddos want to run around and explore. Though this seems stressful, its really easy to pose mom and dad for some adorable true lifestyle portraits.


How to: Have mom/dad or both parents on one end of the run. I'll let little one run to you with your arms opened wide ready for that sweet hug you know they will give you. And then, let the kiddo run back to me!


Just look at how sweet these are!

Lifestyle Family Portrait

Lifestyle Family Portrait

Lifestyle Family Portrait

Pose #3: The Toss or Spin


We all know a kid loves a good toss in the air or spin around. Lets do it. Its a really easy set up and some of the most natural smiles for the toddler. The only thing mom/dad must do is remember that their faces are also being captured - so in other words, watch those grimaced or scared faces! Be sure to smile and make use of your arms! Clap your hands together and smile, or toss your dress/skirt with one hand and uses the other one top of your head (as in holding a hat) or on your hip.


Like these examples below:

Lifestyle Family Portrait

Lifestyle Family Portrait

Lifestyle Family Portrait

It's hard work, but you've got this!



The portraits speak for themselves once you realize that containing a wild animal aka a toddler to do something in a new space can be way tougher than just following three simple poses! Working with your photographer also is widely important. Tell them all the tricks and tips to making your little one smile or laugh. Do they like peek a boo?! Treats?! Squeaky toys or fuzzy animals!? These are the important details we not only want to know but need to!


Trust the process and your portraits can go from this to this!


Spin Pose

Up Close and Personal Pose